The Mayor of Chicago have expresses deep anger at the decision of the Cook County State Attorney’s Office to drop all charges against the Empire Star, Jussie Smollet for allegedly faking a hate crime.
Fox reports that the News of the dropped charges came as a surprise to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendant Eddie Johnson. Both men angrily pushed back angrily at the decision.
On Teusday the Cook County prosecutors’ office in a statement made the announcement with no detailed explanation on why they decided not to continue with the case.
The statement from spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said;
“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,”
Rahm Emanuel reacted afterwards.In a new conference the Mayor, said;
“From top to bottom, this is not on the level,”
“Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night.
The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud …
It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented],” he continued.
“Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”
Johnson added, “If someone ever falsely accused me [of a crime], I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy.”
Jussie Smollet addressed newsmen and his fans outside the courthouse shortly after the news of his case being dropped broke.
Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life,” he said. “But I am a man of faith and I’m a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement into a fire like this.
I just wouldn’t. Now I’d like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life.
But make no mistake, I will always continue to fight for justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”
The Empire Movie Star was initially charged with one count of lying to the authorities on Feb. 20.
A few days later, a grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of lying to authorities — eight counts for what he told the officer who responded to the report of the Jan. 29 attack in downtown Chicago, and eight counts for what he later told a detective about being the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic beating by two masked men.
Smollett claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, “This is MAGA country.”
According to fox, A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told authorities he received a threatening letter at work.
Chicago police pushed back and accused Smollett of faking the letter as well.
Many are of the opinion that the charges were dropped because of what they refer to as “Obama Connections”.
This post was last modified on March 27, 2019 3:31 pm
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